Health: National Influenza Vaccination Week a key time to remember Georgia’s 151 flu deaths last season; one dead, 74 hospitalized so far this year.

Health: National Influenza Vaccination Week a key time to remember Georgia’s 151 flu deaths last season; one dead, 74 hospitalized so far this year.

 

The death count in Georgia from the 2017-18 flu season was staggering: 151 deaths in all. So far, through Nov. 24, one person in Georgia has died from the flu while another 74 have been hospitalized. Latest stats.

Media release: Last year, Georgia experienced one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. Don’t fall victim to the flu this year, vaccinate before it’s too late. National Influenza Vaccination Week is under way and public health officials encourage all Georgians six months of age and older to get a yearly flu vaccine.  The flu shot takes two weeks to provide protection, so take this time and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local public health department to get your flu vaccine.

“It’s important that Georgians understand the best way to protect against influenza is to receive an annual flu vaccine,” says Sheila Lovett, immunization director  for the Georgia Department of Public Health.  “Because Georgia saw one of the highest spikes in influenza cases last year, it’s more important than ever to get yourself and your family vaccinated.”

What is new this flu season?

  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses
  • Any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine is recommended
  • The nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) is a vaccine option.

Ask your health care provider or your local public health department about what vaccine is right for you.  For more:  www.cdc.gov/flu.

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